Gardening is one of those activities that helps reduce stress. But if your plants keep on dying, this adds more to your stress. So, how could you make sure this does not happen again?
Plants, similar to pets and humans need proper and tender loving care. Every plant requires a different kind of care and attention and what works for some plants might be harmful to others. Knowing what works and what doesn’t for every ornamental and edible plant in your garden is the first step in ensuring that it is well cared for.
Care for Plants That Are Appropriate To Your Living Conditions
When choosing which plants to care for, there are certain factors that you need to consider such as your living conditions, the weather, and your location. Would you have time to water a plant that needs to be constantly watered? Does the plant require to be out in the sunlight most of the time? Is this possible or you live in a place where it rains 24/7? These factors should be considered otherwise, no matter how much you care for your garden, the plants would still grow poorly.
Knowing how to care for your garden is easy since there are a lot of references available. Purchase and read them especially books with pictures which could show you how a healthy or sick and dying plant looks like. You would be more informed on a lot of things concerning your plants and you would easily retain the information since the data presented to you is through the use of visual. Comparing the specimen on the book with your plant is also easier. Also, bookmark your favourite gardening website for information not available in books.
When A Plant Is Sick, Quarantine It
You’d know if a plant of yours is sick if it exhibits the following symptoms: if the leaves are discoloured and wilting, cracks in the stems and the presence of brown spots. These are not the only signs a plant is under the weather, but these symptoms are the most common and easily detected. Once you see these indications, it is advisable to quarantine it away from the other plants since pathogens such as virus, bacteria or fungus could be transferred to other plants especially if the environmental condition is conducive for these pathogens.
Be Wary Of Using Too Much Fertilizer
Fertilizers are beneficial to plants but if they are used and applied in the right amount. Too much fertilizer and the plant could burn its roots which could deter them from absorbing water and other nutrients from the soil. If this happens, the plant could die from drought. Determining if your plant is over fertilized could be tricky but if your plant is slow to grow or no growth at all or the roots are rotting or leaves are dropping, chances are it’sover fertilized especially if the soil developed a white, crusty coat. If this is the case, flushing the soil to wash away the excessive fertilizer might help.
Once you are well informed and you have begun gardening, remember that your work is far from over. Overall general garden care demands time and effort from you but once you got used to watering, staking and mulching, your garden would soon reward you with its beauty and crop.